Cardiff is a city where old meets new, where a historical fortress overlooksa shiny modern waterfront and winding Victorian arcades intertwine with atowering mega stadium. Once the world’s largest coal port, and the capital of Wales since 1955, Cardiff is a playground for adults, walkable, friendly and packed with exciting things to do. Visit world-class craft beer pubs, grassroots art galleries and grand Victorian shopping arcades, and of course, pay a visit to Cardiff’s only gin distillery. Her some fun things to do in Cardiff, for adults.

Visit the only gin school in Cardiff

One of the most fun things an adult can do is drink gin, and no trip to Cardiff would be complete to Cardiff Distillery for its legendary gin masterclass. With the guidance of Cardiff Distillery’s master distiller, gin lovers will learn about gin distillation and embark on a quest to create their own delicious and unique gin.

After picking your botanicals, you’ll put a copper pot still to the test and bring your flavours to life, before cutting and diluting the liquid to create your very own unique gin. The final safe is bottling and labelling your creation ready to be taken home. The entire session costs £100 per person (or £135 for a shared experience), and this includes a bottle of your own gin to take home and the priceless knowledge of how to make gin for yourself. The distiller will even keep your recipe on file, so you can order as many bottles as you like in the future – making for a truly unique and personal gift.

Grab a craft beer

Cardiff loves a pint, so it’s just as well the Welsh capital is home to a booming craft beer scene. The city is packed with innovative and exciting craft beer houses and pubs, and even a day spent meandering between drinking holes is a day well spent. The way to do this is by heading to Westgate Street, the city’s craft beer hub. From here, pay a visit to Tiny Rebel for a Try Cwtch, a red Welsh ale voted Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival of 2015. Other great craft beer spots include Zero Degrees, City Arms and a little further afield, St Canna’s Ale House – serving up the best of Welsh breweries.

Meet Doctor Who

Well, not exactly, but Doctor Who fans will be delighted to know that Cardiff is the home of the iconic BBC cultural phenomenon. A stone’s throw from the BBC studios where the show is recorded you’ll find the Doctor Who Experience, a multi-sensory exhibition dedicated to all things The Doctor. Take an interactive tour through sets, see costumes and models for the show, and even step into the Tardis for yourself…

Go for a boozy brunch

Brunch is the highlight of any weekend, fact. However, it’s a little known fact that brunch can be made even more fun by adding some booze to it. Taking place on weekends, Cardiff Distillery offers one of the best boozy brunches in the city, offering both a prosecco and gin option. From just £27.50pp, guests can dine for two-hours in the distillery’s gorgeous restaurant, receiving buckets of prosecco or gin, a welcome drink, selection of mezze boards and access to the venue’s legendary happy hour. Now that’s a seriously fun thing to do n Cardiff.

Catch a drag show

It’s a little-known fact that Cardiff is host to some of the best international cabaret and burlesque performers in the world – and they can normally befound at a sultry little haunt named the Glee Club. The venue’s pride and glory its Gilded Merkin show (a must watch), one of the UK’s biggest cabaret variety shows with headline performers from around the globe. Stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race have graced this hallowed stage, so expectan evening of raucous debauchery and pure over 18 fun.